Is it war in Vegas?
By Linda
Some Vegas casino operators have made provocative statements about Internet gambling at this year’s Global Gaming Expo.

While some companies such as MGM MIRAGE are experimenting with online casinos in regulated jurisdictions abroad, others are getting competitive.

'We don't build billion dollar casinos so people can play blackjack in their living rooms,' said Ellis Landau, chief financial officer of Boyd Gaming Corp.

Landau said the company has great expectations for The Borgata, the first hotel-casino to be opened in Atlantic City in 13 years. Boyd is in a 50-50 partnership - with MGM MIRAGE.

'I don't know that Internet gambling is the right medium to deliver our product,' said Gary Loveman, president and chief operating officer of Harrah's Entertainment Inc.

The prospects for casino expansions nationwide are good, Loveman said, because people like traveling to out-of-the-way places to gamble – “something they can't do at home,” he said.

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